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Who is Joseph Christiaens?
- Engineer - Racing driver - Aviator -

Son of a prosperous Belgian family, Joseph Christiaens after studying engineering,
began his adventures with the new machines which at the turn of the century
were turning young peoples heads all over the world.

Short Biography
  • 1882
    • J. Christiaens was born near Brussels in Belgium.
  • 1905
    • August 13th, he takes part in the first "Coupe de Liedekerke" near Dinant on a NAG, (4 laps of 102,740km), and gives up.
  • 1908
    • May 30th, he sees M. Farman flying on a biplane built by the Voisin brothers in Gand.
  • 1909
  • 1910
    • March, J. Christiaens is at Camp de Chalons, where he learns to fly on a Farman plane with Géo Chavez.
    • April 12th, he is registered with licence N°7. He is one of the 11 pilots registered at the Belgian Aéro-Club.
    • June, 19th to 26th he's at the Grande Semaine de Rouen with a Farman plane, Gnome 50 engine, where he touches a substantial prize. (on a post card: champion of the Cannes meetings, Mondort and Saint-Petersbourg; world speed record holder.)
    • Juillet, 3rd to 17th at the Grande Semaine de Reims, he is registered as N°37 with a Farman plane, Gnome engine. (He appears on a post card during this contest, as the passenger on an Antoinette biplane, piloted by Latham.)
    • July and August, from the 23rd to the 4th, he is at the contest of the belgian Aéro-Club in Bruxelles, his plane is destroyed before take off.
    • Septembre 23rd, J.Christiaens, a great friend of Chavez, oversees the planning of his flight over the Alps with his Blériot plane.
    • unknown date, takes part in the Grande Quinzaine of Aviation of Bruxelles-Stockel.
  • 1911
    • March, 16th he completes the first flight over Singapour. (others speak of Van den Born). (source Aviation Landscape in Singapore)
    • August, He was in South Africa to do demonstrations and sell 1 to 3 Bristol Box-Kite. The first, n°28 to Dr John Weston, the second was no doubt n°27 and the last was used for parts. The Bristol Box-Kite (66 were built) were designed by Sir George White, (inspired by Farman). (He probably worked for the British & Colonial Aeroplane Company, Bristol n°27 july 10th, 1910).

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